by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A teacher explained,
I am a teacher and had my school put a hearing loop in my classroom. It has been a lifesaver for me. With easy access to the t-coil on my hearing aids, I can decide when to use the loop, and when to hear via the microphones on my hearing aids.
When my students are doing debates (I teach high school) they use a hand-held microphone. They love it. It makes them feel very important. Otherwise, I use boundary microphones that just lay on the table. I teach in a room with a seminar type table in front of me. The students sit around the table.
This hearing loop has saved my job. High school students aren’t known for their diction and this hearing loop is marvelous.
Also, when the students display information on their laptops there was no way in the past that I could understand the audio. Now, I just place the wireless microphone in front of their computers and hear via the room loop.
Incidentally, if you wanted to hear even better sound from your students’ computers, you could have a long patch cord and plug it into the audio out on the computer you want to listen to. Plug the other end into your loop amplifier. That would eliminate any background noise your handheld microphone might pick up and also eliminate the distortion that occurs from converting sound from electronic form to air and then back to electronic form again.
You can learn a lot more about room loops and various looping alternatives here.